Cargill Limited
Cargill employee in the High River beef plant  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Cargill Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Manitoba's Top Employers (2018) :

  • Cargill supports ongoing personal and professional development with tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions (up to $3,500 annually) as well as a variety of in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeships and paid internships for those entering the workforce
  • Along with a wellness spending account of $300 per year, Cargill helps employees make health and wellness a priority with subsidized access to an onsite fitness facility, which includes onsite massage services
  • Varying by employee group, new moms at Cargill may receive maternity leave top-up payments, to 100% of salary for 8 weeks -- and can extend their leave to an unpaid leave of absence
Cargill employees working out at the company's gym   (Photo credit: Andrew Molyneux)

Employer Background

Industry Food and Agricultural Products
Established in Canada 1928
Parent company Cargill Incorporated
Parent company head office Wayzata, MN, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Guelph ON, Winnipeg MB, High River AB, Calgary AB, London ON, Chambly QC, Spruce Grove AB
Full-time employees in Canada 7,768
Part-time employees in Canada 261
Full-time employees worldwide 150,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4.11%
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 43 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Cargill's head office is connected to shopping and services through underground walkways and is within walking distance to a number of amenities, including the Canadian Human Rights Museum and the St. Boniface neighbourhood, inside the workplace features telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, book library, small writing desks, bar table and chairs for informal meetings
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, shower facilities, audio sound system, lockers, onsite massage services (employee-paid, but covered under Cargill's health plan)
Other nearby amenities YMCA-YWCA, GoodLife Fitness, Riverwalk, The Forks, Memorial Park, farmer's market, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, MTS Centre (home of the Winnipeg Jets), Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Symphony Concert Hall, Manitoba Museum, movie theatre

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name Cargill Cares Council
Recent social events holiday parties for employees and their children, long-service dinner
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

Financial benefits note Cargill Limited has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discounts on everything from food products to banking services to gym memberships

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan note Cargill Limited has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $1,000 each year
Wellness spending account up to $300 each year
Additional health and wellness information retiree coverage has no age limit, with premium coverage ranging from no employer-paid premiums to 50% paid premiums (most employees must pay the full premium cost)
Family-friendly benefits note Cargill Limited has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Cargill Limited has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), recognition points program which can be used for purchases from the company store
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 18 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 3,107 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 250 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Food Banks Canada, Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan, Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, Agriculture in the Classroom (Manitoba and Saskatchewan), Ducks Unlimited Canada, Saskatoon Garden Patch, Ronald McDonald House Charities (across Canada), United Way (Winnipeg and Guelph)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight The company maintains Cargill Cares committees at various locations across Canada, which help determine local charities to support.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People

Here are some of the reasons why Cargill Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • Cargill provides new employees with a PAL (Partnered Accelerated Learning), someone who has been in their role before and can assist with smaller day-to-day tasks that a mentor may not know -- new employees are also invited to the Winnipeg head office for a 2-day Business Unit Orientation Program to learn more about the company and hear from senior managers
  • Cargill interns participate in an Intern Forum or Intern Farewell, which provides opportunities for cross-functional networking across North America -- Cargill also provides relocation assistance to interns, co-op students, and associates who qualify
  • AgHorizons, a division of Cargill, manages a summer student tuition bonus program to provide students with financial support in exchange for a commitment of employment for a summer term or full-time upon graduation
Cargill employee   (Photo credit: Andrew Molyneux)

Highlights

Industry Food and Agricultural Products
Major Canadian hiring locations Guelph ON, Winnipeg MB, High River AB, Calgary AB, London ON, Chambly QC, Spruce Grove AB
Full-time employees in Canada 7,665
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Cargill's Young Professionals Network matches mentees with mentors every fall for 9 months, job-shadow day for students and interns, offers a high-performance leadership academy and an online university called "Cargill NourishingU", available in 32 different languages, foundation partner to The Cattlemen's Young Leaders Development Program, which provides industry-specific training and mentoring from industry leaders to participants between 18 to 35

The Career Directory

Cargill Limited has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Cargill employees

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Food and Agricultural Products
Parent company Cargill Incorporated
Parent company head office Wayzata, MN, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Guelph ON, Winnipeg MB, High River AB, Calgary AB, London ON, Chambly QC, Spruce Grove AB
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads co-op work term students are hired for Accounting, Information Technology and Agriculture positions, students have opportunity to job-shadow someone in a role that interests them
Typical new grad positions Grain Associate, Agronomy Associate, Commodity Merchant Associate, Operations Management Associate, Engineering Associate, FSQR Associate
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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